Mike Bird in the Office of the State Budget says the plan would close corporate loopholes and bring in up to 20 million dollars. Currently, movies theatres in the state do not pay a sales tax on the films they present to the public. Bird says they want to establish that sales tax... much the same as a sales tax on any other product.
Jason Sanders with Celebration Cinema in Lansing says the paying customer would bear the brunt of that sales tax, with ticket prices rising as much as six percent.
Republican lawmakers, like Eaton County Representative Rick Jones, say the plan is a tax hike on affordable family entertainment, and will not support it.
Celebration is handing out forms to customers to sign their name onto a petition to be sent to the governors office. Sanders says tens of thousands across the state are currently on that list.